Hazenberg x Billipp Chef 232mm

Collaborations between artists tend to be much more than the sum of each maker's tangible contribution, and that goes for this extraordinary project from the talented hands of Jelle Hazenberg and Andy Billipp. The idea first arose several years ago, and in the summer of 2022 the work began. It was at low tide, on a beach in Maine where an old dock had been claimed by the sea, that bladesmith Andy Billipp collected the wrought iron which would become the project's first material: the blade's cladding. Sandwiched between the storied wrought, Andy placed layers of 15n20, the carbon alloy with high nickel content visible as a lightly shaded vein above the edge, and a core of 52100, the tough, durable carbon tool steel, which forms the final edge. A forge-finished stretch, from the unique and hand-hewn integral bolster forward through the blade's flats, plays beautifully with mid-height bevels whose polished finish shows each material's nuances in lovely detail, and provide the superb, convex geometry for uncompromising performance. Thin at the edge with pronounced convexness above, and a noteworthy full distal taper along the rounded spine to a very slim, needle-like tip, are standouts in Andy's finished blade. And of course, for comfort, control, and world-class culinary style, meeting the heirloom-fit integral bolster to complete the knife's handle, is the work of Jelle Hazenberg: African Blackwood sculpted into a striking, one-of-a-kind, hand-filling piece of wooden art.

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Andy Billipp is a knifemaker based in Newington, CT where he runs the historic Eddy Farm with his wife Haley. Crafting chef's knives one at a time entirely by hand using traditional techniques and simple, honest ingredients, Andy's work is purposeful, functional, and beautiful. His fascination with craft and metal work dates to his childhood exploring old tools and objects throughout New England, and he gets great pleasure from creating the timeless, utilitarian objects that have provided so much inspiration over the years.

Jelle Hazenberg, formerly a commercial chef who began making knives to build a better tool for his work than he could find in the marketplace, has been crafting unique and stunning culinary tools at his studio in Ireland for many years. Originally from the Netherlands, Jelle's clean honyaki blades with finely tuned cutting geometry are forged one by one for performance day in and day out, but it's his handles that have garnered perhaps the most attention. Sculpted for both comfort and a visual style all his own, each piece of wood he carves becomes a sculptural work all its own, and that certainly goes for the handle on this incredible knife. 

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Blade length: 232mm / 9.1". Overall length: 385mm / 15.2”. Blade width at the choil: 3.6mm. Blade width one inch from tip: 1.4mm. Blade height at heel: 58mm. Weight: 11.1oz / 314g.
Blade: Wrought iron san mai with 52100 carbon core and layer of 15n20. Handle: African blackwood.
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